To whom does a celebrity priest confess? Well, besides God, apparently the public. Father Alberto Cutié, who was caught in paparazzi photos caressing a woman on a beach, is making the media rounds. On Friday he did an interview with Univision, and this morning he appeared on CBS'sEarly Show
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, sans collar, for his first English television interview since the scandal hit. Here's the rundown of his confession:
- Yes, the relationship was of a sexual nature.
- This is the only sexual relationship he's had since becoming a priest.
- He's been friends with the woman for years, and the relationship has been romantic for the past couple years.
- He is currently thinking about leaving the priesthood for marriage and to start a family.
- He loves her.
- He doesn't think celibacy should be done away with just yet, and doesn't want to be the poster boy for anti-celibacy. However, he thinks maybe the vow should be optional.
- He's not ready to announce if he's leaving the Catholic Church.